South Block might not have wished for this VP nominee


Sandeep Dikshit

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 12

For the nativist strategic watchers in Delhi, Kamala Harris’ decide as Joe Biden’s Vice-President nominee might not imply the continuation of India’s season within the US that started with the “Howdy Modi” rally in Houston final September and carried by way of with a return rally in Ahmedabad this February.

Since then, and particularly after the Galwan Valley conflict of June 15, there was a spate of statements, starting with the White House siding with India.

Harris’ mom Shyamala does have an Indian connection however her marriage to a Jamaican-British educational infused a politics in her two youngsters that was far faraway from the revivalist, muscular show of “New India” on the Howdy Modi Houston rally which she boycotted; not simply due to Trump’s on-stage presence.

In their social media posts, each the sisters, Kamala and Maya, have referred to themselves as blacks somewhat than the in-between class of brown.

Kamala has no black vs brown battle in her thoughts. Neither does she, a proud wearer of Indian sarees, low cost her heritage from India. In her memoir, “The Truths We Hold”, she mentioned her mom “knew that her adopted homeland would see (my sister) Maya and me as black girls, and she was determined to make sure we would grow into confident, proud black women”.

This consciousness has already dawned on the pro-Hindutva diaspora, which has been joined by its social media allies in India to kick-start a marketing campaign towards Kamala for being “anti-Kashmir”.

There are not any illusions in New Delhi that Biden and Harris might be less-easy pushovers than the Trump-Pence duo on the subject of explaining the positives accruing from the year-long lockdown in Kashmir.

There are not any illusions both on Kamala’s stand on anti-Muslim orientation of regimes within the US and elsewhere. Her observations at a 2017 rally in Washington had been unequivocal: “We will fight against anti-Muslim rhetoric! We are going to fight for our Muslim brothers and sisters. We are going to fight for our immigrant brothers and sisters because they and we are what make this country great.” This is an inconvenience South Block might not have factored when conducting a SWOT evaluation of a Biden victory.



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